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Parc Montsouris

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Plaine Montsouris was a quarry, then a 6-million-body cemetery, before it became a park .


Opened in 1875
154,640 sq m

Don’t miss

The 1400 trees, myriad sculptures, and the meteorological observatory.

Park pix 

Getting there 

- Boulevard Jourdan, Avenue Reille, Rue Gazan, Rue de la Cité Universitaire, Rue Nansouty and Rue Emile Deutsch de la Meurthe (Paris 14)
- RER: Cité Universitaire
-Tram: Cité Universitaire

Road map, opening hours 

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Green grass and Guignol

“Souris”, as in “Montsouris”, is French for “mice”. Tradition has it that this park’s name is derived from the rodents, the only dwellers in the decrepit Moulins de la Bièvre mill in days bone by.
Populating it today, however, are throngs of students from the neighbouring Cité Universitaire enjoying the warm weather. There are also play areas, and puppet shows at the Théâtre de Guignol.

On the corner of Avenue Reille and Rue Gazan, near the lake
75014  Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 46 63 08 09
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays, at 3.30 and 4.30 pm.

Bronze and stone sculptures

The list of bronze and stone sculptures dotted around Parc Montsouris includes:

- Jules Coutan’s Colonne de la Paix Armée (1887), René Baucour’s Premier Frisson (1921) and Edmond Desca’s Mort du Lion (1929) at the foot of the hill by Avenue Reille;
- Maurice Lipsi’s Groupe de Baigneuses (1952) and Etex’s Naufragés (1859) overlooking the lake to the right;
- Georges Gardet’s Drame au Désert (1891), Costa Valsenis’ Pureté (1955) and Henri Bouchard’s Carriers or Accident de la Mine 1900) at the top of the hill;
- Van Peborgh’s General San Martin (1960) and Borglum’s Thomas Paine (1934) skirting Boulevard Jourdan.

You will also find the well-known Observatoire Météorologique de Montsouris (1947) and a 5-metre-high dark-stone obelisk with a large circular opening at the pinnacle

 The park page 

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